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Messi in Barcelona squad for Sevilla but Busquets misses out

Sergio Busquets has not recovered from a toe injury in time to travel to Sevilla, but Barcelona call upon Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

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News 31 Mar 2018, 00:54 IST
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has been passed fit to be included in Barcelona's squad for their LaLiga game at Sevilla on Saturday.

Messi - who missed both friendlies for Argentina during the international break - was a doubt with a hamstring injury.

But the forward has proven his fitness enough to take his place in an 18-man group named by coach Ernesto Valverde.

Luis Suarez returns from suspension after missing Barca's last game, a 2-0 home win against Athletic Bilbao, with Nelson Semedo and Denis Suarez also included after recovering from injury.

But there is no place for defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets, who is battling to recover from a toe injury in time for the Champions League quarter-finals.

Barca, who have an 11-point lead at the top of the LaLiga table, host Roma in the first leg of the tie on Tuesday.

Aleix Vidal and Yerry Mina sit out, while left-back Lucas Digne is absent due to a thigh injury sustained on international duty with France.

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